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Serving our West Ridge Community and Partners

Galatians 6:2 – Carry each other’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.                                        

There are times when our West Ridge community is faced with rough patches financially and emotionally. West Ridge Cares (WRC) strives to show God’s love by bringing comfort, encouragement, and sense of community to those who need it most.

There are also our partners, who we are so very blessed to serve in their community. Through various outreach efforts, WRC is able to provide the things they need and lift them up by showing them God’s love.

There are many ways we can provide help and how you can serve in our community:
 
Kids Hope USA

For children, elementary years are critical for their development, as they form values, establish self-esteem, and acquire academic skills. Often this includes having support, encouragement, and one-on-one attention. Through a Kids Hope USA mentoring program, students develop transformative relationships with an additional caring and consistent adult, empowering them to thrive. For more details, click here.
Prayer Team

Our prayer team meets regularly and prays for all of the requests that come through the church. The team welcomes anyone who has a heart for prayer. If you need prayer, click here.

Card Ministry

Countless cards are sent to bring encouragement to people who are sick, suffering, or discouraged. Amazingly, a card in the mail can make such an impact on someone’s day. The team is always open to creative people who want to put pen to paper or create beautiful cards.

Meals Team

The meals teams provide tasty dinners to those in our community who may have had surgery, loss of a family member, is sick, and discouraged. This is a team who always needs volunteers to help those who may not be able to temporarily provide meals for themselves or their families.

There are also many ways we partner outside of our community to help make a difference in local outreach.
 
Huff Elementary

Since 2011, we love to serve the families that live in the footprint of Huff Elementary School. It all began with one teacher’s desire to help children in her school to help make a difference in one of Elgin’s poorest neighborhoods. Through this partnership, our church community collects winter coats, food for school breaks, and holds an annual Toy Drive so parents can provide gifts for their children on Christmas morning. 

Through generous donations, we recently helped finance new equipment for the Huff playground and we hear the kids are enjoying every minute they get to play on it.

We look forward to continuing this partnership and finding new ways to help the families at Huff.

Fellowship Housing

Fellowship Housing is our newest partner and WRC is very excited to serve this community. It’s mission is to empower single mothers to build a new legacy. They provide a safe home, resources, financial training, mentoring, and assistance for permanent housing upon completion of their program. With these offerings, the focus is on accountability and a path to independence.

WRC, Next Gen Ministry, and Women of West Ridge worked together to provide Easter Baskets, Mother’s Day gifts, backpacks for school, and food for their Back-to-School event. We have more planned for the upcoming year and looking forward to finding ways to continue to support this effort.

PADS of Elgin

PADS of Elgin meets the basic needs of homeless individuals first.  They provide a safe place to sleep, meals, showers, laundry facilities, and personal hygiene products.  

WRC serves the second Sunday of every month to donate food and serve this community meals.